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Ford’s aluminum body F-150 makes its debut

Ford says it’s the first truck to have an aluminum body, and as a result, it weighs about 700 pounds less than previous models.
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Diesel demand projected to soar on economic growth

Economic growth in the United States will cause demand for diesel to rise over coming decades, even as gasoline use continues a steady decline, according to a federal analysis released this week.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hyundai and diesel vehicles leading charge for cleaner auto fleets

New technology and stronger fuel economy standards drove universal declines in average emissions from the eight top automakers’ fleets this year, though Detroit’s Big Three are lagging, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The new pollution, measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gases, may exceed all of the savings achieved through initiatives like subsidies for public transport and fuel efficiency. (Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.
Trimac Transportation driver Robert Williams used the liquified natural gas lane to fill his truck at the Flying J truck stop on I-10 East in Baytown Thursday Aug. 23, 2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Texans boost natural gas use for driving, but not for power

Texans increased their use of natural gas to fuel cars and trucks in 2013, but reduced its use to power lights and appliances, according to new federal data.
Leo Maldonado checks the engine while filling up his truck with natural gas at a station owned by Clean Energy, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Houston.  The truck is owned by Lodge Lumber who hopes using natural gas instead of diesel will cut the company's fuel costs by 40 percent.  (Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas vehicles show ‘phenomenal growth’ in China

When it comes to running vehicles on natural gas, China appears more interested than the United States.
(Clean Energy Fuels)

Researchers: Natural gas vehicles will see rapid rise globally through 2023

The number of light-duty vehicles running on natural gas will more than double over the next decade to 39.8 million traveling on roads worldwide, according to a new report by research firm Navigant.
The fuel efficient Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid can run on gas, electric power, or on both functioning together. The hybrid was on display at the Houston Auto Show Wednesday. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

Houston Auto Show electrifies some before they know it (photos)

As car enthusiasts streamed past sparkling SUVs and sleek coupes at the Houston Auto Show on Wednesday, some found themselves sitting in electric cars without even knowing it.
A new video from the National Propane Gas Association promotes the fuel's use in lawnmowers and road vehicles. (National Propane Gas Association)

Propane industry makes new push for wider use of fuel (video)

Propane is for more than just your backyard grill, and the companies who sell the fuel are trying to get more Americans to use it.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.